Discover Newsletter

Welcome to Discover newsletter! Your monthly resource for staying up to date and connected.

Share your Wisdom

You are what makes SDI a unique and welcoming community! We want to hear from you and encourage you to share your wisdom by answering a question each month. We are listening. Before 28 February, we want to hear from you!

What contemplative practices draw you in and heal your wounds? Share your response now.

Top News

After serving five years at SDI, Brittany Waldean has discerned it is time to move on and take an exciting new position at another organization. Brittany has tirelessly served SDI though membership services and has been an essential component of the annual conference. We at the home office are excited to see her career grow in new and fulfilling ways. Brittany’s last day will be 15 February—you are welcome to e-mail her until then at to wish her well.

While we are sad to see Brittany go, we are excited to welcome a new member to the staff! SDI is committed to exploring local community programming for our members. To that end, we are excited to announce that Miriam Frey is joining the SDI team on a part-time basis to plant and encourage community growth in Canada.

Miriam was spiritually formed in the Mennonite church, beginning her career in business and finance. She has expanded her spiritual and cultural awareness through education, including a doctoral degree in ministry from Regis College in Toronto, and serving in east Africa for three years. She now enjoys companioning spiritual seekers and giving leadership to the Ontario Jubilee program in spiritual direction. Miriam served on the SDI Coordinating Council from 2006–2012, and oversaw Spiritual Directors of Ontario from 2001–2015. As a teacher and contemplative, Miriam stays centered in the sacred through nature, beauty, and meditation.

Presence Journal

What was your favorite review in any of the last several issues? Did the review lead you to purchase the book? Send your comments to and



Featured Resource

Each month, SDI features a resource you can incorporate in your spiritual care for yourself and others.

  1. Susana Isaacson, MS, and Debonee Morgan, MFT, talk about diversity and the value of safety in spiritual accompaniment.

    Questions this video addresses:
    1. How has letting go of attachments and identities helped you in your spiritual life?
    2. How can spiritual direction create connectivity across our differences?
    3. "Tolerance” is a common word used in society to describe accepting someone different than ourselves. However, “tolerating” someone else is a very low bar. What new levels might we rise to through spiritual direction?

Contemplative Learning Opportunities

You need ongoing education in flexible, affordable formats, and SDI is the place to learn.

Seeking Connection is Around the Corner
The 2017 Seeking Connection educational events are around the corner—have you booked your arrangements yet? SDI has a special discounted room rate at the Sheraton Toronto Airport and Conference Centre. We anticipate the discounted SDI room block to reach capacity. You can reserve online or by calling 866-932-7058. Be sure to mention Spiritual Directors International of the group code 9724 to receive the discount rate.

If you haven’t registered for the conference, it’s not too late! Register today.


Free Seeker Teleconference: 14 February
As a seeker, are you curious about spiritual direction? Would you like to find a spiritual companion to help you listen for the ways God is inviting you to become more fully alive? Learn how to take the first step with Melanie Weidner and spiritual seekers around the world during a free teleconference on 14 February. RSVP today!



Volunteers Needed!

Are you registered for the Seeking Connection conference? We need your help!

Volunteers are essential to create the conference. There are many ways to help: sign-up to assemble participant folders, set-up or teardown, serve at the registration desk, or welcome people at the hospitality table. E-mail today and we will find the perfect fit for you! Thank you for your commitment to make Seeking Connection an unforgettable experience.


SDI Trivia Question

E-mail your answer to by midnight Pacific Standard Time 20 February and be entered to win an SDI goodie! The winner* will be notified 21 February and announced in the following month's issue of Discover.

Who will be the February Teleconference guest? HINT: dig around the website for some clues!

Our January winner was Kathy Houser who received an SDI tote bag. Congratulations, Kathy!

*Winner will be selected by a random-name-picker tool.

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